Officials Urge ATV Safety Following Weekend Deaths in Region 8

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Three deaths in all-terrain vehicle accidents over the weekend in Arkansas are a reminder that ATV accidents are on the rise in the Natural State.  Doctors at Arkansas Children's Hospital say they want to see the trend reversed.

A toddler in Paragould died Friday when an ATV on which she was a passenger collided with an SUV.  Meanwhile, Marcus T. Angel of Jonesboro died after the 4-wheeler he was riding went into a ditch and collided with a fence post.  And in Cave City on Sunday, 13-year-old Elizabeth Simpson died after apparently flipping her 4-wheeler as she checked on a calf on her family's farm.

Dr. Mary Aitken, a pediatrician with the hospital's Injury-Free Coalition for Kids, had some suggestions for reducing injuries in ATV accidents.  She said youngsters should get proper training, use an age-appopriate vehicle, stay off streets and highways and wear a helmet.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)